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Second Part of ERC Withdrawal Process “Soon” – Werfel

The Internal Revenue Service is still working on the details of how it is going to help taxpayers that may have fallen for deceptive marketing that led them to improperly receive employee retention tax credits.

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Daniel Werfel said that the agency is still working to figure out the process of how to help those who have already received their ERC “and now realize they believe they received it inappropriately,” including how to come forward preemptively before the IRS takes collection action against them, as well as “on settlement terms for paying back in a way we hope works out for those companies economically.”

He also noted the agency is working on updating its procedures “for how we review credits, how we communicate with stakeholders to make sure there’s exact clarity, and we’re even stronger in our outreach in terms of what are the issues that we see companies in thinking they’re eligible when they are not.” Werfel made his comments November 14, 2023, at the AICPA & CIMA National Tax & Sophisticated Tax Conference.

The IRS already has issued procedures on how taxpayers can withdraw claims for the employee retention credit if the claim has not been processed, as well as placed a moratorium on processing claims until at least the end of year.

Werfel also used his speech to reiterate previously highlighted improvements in customer service and compliance and enforcement following the supplemental funding provided by the Inflation Reduction Act.

National Taxpayer Advocate Erin Collins also acknowledged the improvement in the wake of the issues that arose during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The good news is the IRS is in a much better place than it was over the last three years,” Collins said during the conference. “The not-so-good news is we still have a long way to go.”

In particular, she targeted the continued filing of paper returns as a key contributor to delays in processing returns and other correspondence. The IRS has been working to improve the abilities to filing tax returns and other correspondence electronically as a means of speeding up the processing, and she noted that what has been accomplished thus far “is a good thing.”

However, she noted that another challenge is that even if they are electronically filed, they are still manually processed and more work needs to be done to improve the technology to help get them electronically processed.

By Gregory Twachtman, Washington News Editor

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